The candy kitchen's massive copper kettle predating World War II is certainly an eye catcher, but the nostalgic sights and smells of candy filling rows of white shelves is what overwhelms most people when they step inside Kilwin’s. For more than two generations, the original recipes of founders Don and Katy Kilwin have been used to handcraft more than 75 confections such as chocolates, caramels, and specialty fudge. Aside from some newer equipment, head candy cook Bill Hoffman and his team still abide by Don’s candy-making methods and use original equipment when possible. Inside the old-fashioned candy shop, a burnished copper-kettle-fire mixer fashions each piece of peanut brittle, a cold room solidifies almond-toffee crunch, and a manatee that swallowed a freezer still makes every sea-foam candy. In addition to candy, Kilwin’s has created more than 32 flavors of original-recipe ice cream since 1985 with farm-fresh rBHT-free milk and cream from Michigan farms.
The Preservation Society of Newport County protects and showcases Newport's one-of-a-kind architectural heritage. During tours of Newport's museum-houses, visitors get a glimpse into three centuries of American history, from the French Baroque styling of Rosecliff, high-Victorian splendor and fancy French name of Chateau-sur-mer. Tourists can trace the steps of some of America's most wealthy families as they explore latter-day castles such as Cornelius Vanderbilt II's The Breakers or the Isaac Bell House. Special events give guests a hands-on insight to the everyday people that worked in New England's most famous mansions, while annual occasions such as the Newport Flower show celebrate the treasured traditions and landscapes of Newport each year.
Store manager Rob, who has certifications from Schwinn and Shimano, oversees repairs and advises customers on purchases at Newport Bicycle. In addition to carrying bikes from Jamis, Lapierre, Schwinn, and Nirve, the store also stocks athletic clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Every year come springtime, Jamestown Newport Ferry's vessels wake from their winter slumbers to tote passengers around lower Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. Since 1974—when boats finally replaced motorized sea turtles as the main form of water transportation––the service has made summer travels a cinch with one-way and round-trip ferry rides to the region's scenic shores. Passengers enjoy unlimited hop-on, hop-off capabilities that allow them to sightsee, join historical tours, visit museums, and savor new dining experiences. Jamestown Newport Ferry rents out its ships, Jamestown and Katherine, for special events, too, including birthdays, weddings, and company outings.
Newport Sea Foam Trading creates artisanal soaps, scrubs, and candles locally. Each small-batch product?from massage oils to lip balms?uses plant-based, vegan ingredients. Their soaps are redolent of naturally sourced fragrances such as lavender, peppermint, and coconut.
From the aptly named Shore Soap Company's front door, the syncopated percussion of the coastline can be heard as it ebbs and flows just a block away. But the front door isn't the only part of the company that's connected to the sea?all of the handcrafted soaps are, too. That's because artisan soap makers combine natural ingredients such as shea butter, olive oil, and fragrant herbs with sea salt to create a long-lasting, purifying bar. Though bar soap is Shore Soap Company's forte, the storefront also stocks sugar scrubs, body butter, and even solid perfumes that helped it earn a Best of Rhode Island 2013 badge from Rhode Island Monthly. Not only is Shore Soap Company committed to making high-quality handcrafted products, it has pledged 1% of all profits to Save the Bay, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting Narragansett Bay.